Humble leaders viewed as less competent, study finds

Research from the University of Notre Dame (Ind.) suggests humility may be detrimental for top executives, according to Notre Dame News.

The research, published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, finds employees rated "humble" leaders as less competent, independent and influential, even when they saw those leaders as warm and sensitive. Humble behaviors might include owning up to mistakes or giving subordinates credit for team success. 

"Our work demonstrates that, on average, leaders who show humility can expect to receive, at best, no benefit," Cindy Muir (Zapata), PhD, lead author on the study, told Notre Dame News. "Perhaps more surprisingly, when leaders demonstrate humility in times of success, the results are even worse, since during times of failure it is the failure itself that harms perceptions of leader effectiveness."

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